Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

We found ourselves in Blue Mountain again, but this time, for a relaxing getaway at the Scandinave Spa.  If you’re in Toronto, take a break from the busy city life and treat yourself for a day at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain.  Even if you’re just visiting Toronto for vacation, a 2-hour drive to this spa will be worth your time.

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

Surrounded by nature, Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain sets itself apart from other spas with its beautiful forest setting.  The sound of rustling leaves and the touch of the cold breeze on our faces as our bodies were comforted in the hot bath added to the feeling of relaxation and calmness.  The trees, flowers, lake, and its beautiful setup of cabins, firewood, and other rustic decors made us feel one with nature.

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain Finnish Spa

To get the full Scandinavian bath experience, we followed the recommended hot-cold-rest cycle.

Hot baths, Norwegian steam bath and saunas

First step is to warm up to open the pores and begin the detoxifying process.  This can be done by spending 15 minutes at any of the three hot baths, Finnish sauna, infrared sauna or Norwegian steam bath.

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

Two hot baths have a temperature of 38.8ºC or 102ºF.  If you’re up for a higher temp, the third hot bath has a temperature of 40ºC or 104ºF.

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Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain forest bath

Once our bodies adjusted to the heat, it became soothing.  There are also massage jets on the hot baths which we really enjoyed.  I can’t help but feel any stress go away as I closed my eyes, feel the mist on my face and listen to the calming sounds of waterfalls and rustling leaves.

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Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain forest bath

My favorite is the Norwegian steam bath because of its strong but calming eucalyptus scent.  As we went higher on the bench, the hot steam made it harder to breathe, but, it also allowed us to focus more on our breathing.

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain Norwegian steam bath eucalyptus steam bath
The Norwegian Steam Bath is located at the metal silo.

There are two saunas in Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain.  The wood burning Finnish sauna has a higher temperature of 80ºC or 180ºF while the newly-opened infrared sauna has a lower temperature of 50ºC or 122ºF.  Although it is easier to breathe in the infrared sauna, I liked the intense heat of the Finnish sauna more.  It felt good to lie down on the hot bench and take all the heat in.

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The Finnish sauna is located at this charming wooden cabin.
Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain Infrared sauna
The infrared sauna is the newest addition to the Scandinave Spa.

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain infrared sauna

Cold plunges

After 15 minutes of warming up, a quick plunge into the VERY cold water or snow is recommended.  The cold plunge is needed to rinse the toxins from the skin and to close the pores.  The temperatures of the cold plunge are 21.6ºC or 71ºF and 20ºC or 68ºF but after coming from the hot bath, the cold plunge seemed ice-cold.  I was successful at doing this only once, during my last attempt for the cold plunge.  It sent a shock to my body but it was worth it.  We noticed a difference in how we felt after the complete cold plunge.  Lesson learned, it’s better to submerge quickly!

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain eucalyptus steam bath

Relaxation at the solariums, hammocks, and Muskoka chairs

After the sudden change from extreme temperatures, it is important to rest.  If you want the fresh breeze while relaxing, you could lay on a hammock or read a book at a Muskoka chair.  If you prefer to relax indoors, Scandinave Spa has three solariums which have lounge chairs, magazines, solemn music, and large windows with tranquil views.

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain hammocks

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain muskoka chairs fireplace
Relax at the Muskoka chairs and warm up on the fire pits.

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain scandinavian bath relaxation solariums

After our successful cold plunge, we relaxed at one of the solariums.  At first we tried to read some magazines but the overwhelming need to rest came.  We ended up taking a quick nap!  Completing this step is crucial because you would feel completely rejuvenated afterwards.  You can repeat the cycle as many times as you want.  We did the whole cycle at least thrice! 🙂

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain Relaxation Solarium

The Bistro

The baths made us hungry so we bought some breakfast granola bar, peanut butter bar and a cranberry cream tea.  All of which tasted delicious!

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain the bistro

Overall experience

We had a wonderful time at the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain and we are already looking forward to return for a couple’s massage.  This quick getaway is the most relaxing and loveliest we had near Toronto.  The spa felt like a health and wellness retreat in the middle of nature.  We had a quiet and solemn experience which left us revitalized and feeling better, both mind and body.  

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Tips for your trip to the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain:

1.  Beat the crowd and come early.

Access at Scandinavian baths start at 9:15am but people arrive as early as 8:30 am.  If you come at a later time, you would need to line up outside.

2.  Regular rate for all-day access is $55 but Wednesdays are cheaper

On Wednesdays, the rate is $45.

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain Lobby

3.  Bring your bathing suit, robe, sandals, and water bottle

If you forget anything, they sell merchandises at the lobby.

4.  Keep yourself hydrated

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain muskoka chairs

5.  No need to bring towels or toiletries

Upon check-in, you will be provided with 2 towels and a key to a locker.  The washrooms are also complete with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, and hairdyer.

6.  Consider getting a massage

You would also get free access to the Scandinavian baths and get to come in as early as 8:45 am.

Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

7.  For best views, visit Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain during fall or winter

Fall relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
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Winter evening Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
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Thanks to Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain for accommodating us on our visit!  As always, all opinions are my own.

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16 Replies to “Relaxing Getaway at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain”

  1. This looks amazing! I live in Toronto and have been to Blue Mountain so many times but have never heard of this. I agree that it’s definitely more beautiful to go in the fall or winter! The snow must be cool to see while in the spa too! All the facilities look very fitting to the overall Blue Mountain theme 🙂

  2. This looks like a fabulous spa- the forest setting sounds so peaceful and I love the signs inviting guests to be silent! The wooden lodges are super cute, looks like it is a proper back to nature place balanced with luxury! I would wimp out on the plunge pool I think!

  3. Ooh! Now I need a spa vacation, especially one with a Norwegian steam bath! This sounds heavenly. Thanks for sharing so many great tips and such complete information about this destination. I really enjoyed reading this post.

  4. Is it weird that I feel a bit relaxed just looking at your lovely photos? This is exactly the type of getaway I’m looking to do this year with my hubby! It looks so serene and quiet. I love places that incorporate nature.

  5. Oh. My. Goooodness! This place looks so relaxing and peaceful. Waaah I need a spa day,menu do you have to tempt me?! Lovely photos 💕

  6. This is right up my alley. I love a good spa day. The rustic scenery is absolutely beautiful. I think I could spend an entire week here and be happy!

  7. Scandinavian spa is somewhere I’d absolutely love to visit. I’m such a spa lover, and those hot baths look like heaven! I also love the sign of ‘we honour silence!’ It’s a good tip about arriving early to beat the line, does this also apply on the weekdays? I will definitely visit here when I return to Toronto.

  8. Abigail Sinsona says: Reply

    That spa is gorgeous and the ambiance is so relaxing. This is my kind of spa for a relaxing staycation and looking at your photos make me want to be transported to this place so bad. It sounds like a good deal for its price considering the full range of amenities.

  9. Nicole Anderson says: Reply

    Wow – who wouldn’t want to visit here and enjoy everything on offer in this beautiful facility nestled in a stunning location! Two hours of travel from Toronto is no big deal if you get to spend a day here. After reading this post, it is definitely on my radar when I’m next in the region.

  10. This place sounds amazing and i’ll def make a point of visiting it when I’m in Toronto! I always like to add a bit of pampering when i make a trip. i need to share this. the concept and experience looks great

  11. This looks like such a relaxing place to visit! I could totally use a day 🙂

  12. Holy moly!!! This place is incredible!!!! Bookmarking this for sureeeee! Been looking for somewhere to go for our 10 year anniversary next year… hmm…

  13. This looks like my kind of place where I could come for complete relaxation. I quite loved the concept of spa in such a beautiful ambiance, so close to nature. The Norwegian Steam bath sounds exciting because I have an affinity to Norway. 🙂 though I have never tried infrared sauna. If I was not taking a sauna, I could read a book on the Muskoka chair all day.

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  14. This looks absolutely beautiful! I would love to go somewhere like this – it looks like ultimate relaxation!

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  15. This looks absolutely wonderful. It has been so many years since I have been in Toronto.

  16. What a beautiful spot! Just reminds me I SERIOUSLY need to take a vacation <3

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